Berry season is upon us and I’ve been gorging myself on nature’s bounty – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…. To celebrate, I threw together these cute little fresh fruit tartlets using my new Wilton Cookie Bowl Pan. I used a basic recipe for tart dough from Smitten Kitchen and a mascarpone-based filling. The filling was especially easy because there was no cooking involved. Just mix three ingredients and voila, you’re done! I really loved the result, and the Wilton Pan made things pretty slick. I’m going to try to use if for other projects, such as homemade ice cream. You could also use a muffin tin to make your tart shells.
I took the fresh fruit tartlets to Concerts on the Square, which happens every Wednesday here in Madison, all summer long. The Madison Chamber Orchestra plays a free concert on the lawn of the capitol and everyone turns out to sit in the grass and enjoy snacks and wine. Needless to say, they were a hit! To get them to the square safely on our bikes, I ended up packaging each on individually into glass leftover containers (like these from Lock & Lock, which I have and absolutely love!)
- 1 1/4 sticks (145g) unsalted butter, room temp
- 3/4 c (75g) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 c (35g) almond flour or ground blanched almonds, lightly packed
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, room temp and stirred with a fork
- 1 3/4 c (245g) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (227g) mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup (30g) powdered sugar
- Process butter in a food processor until creamy. Add powdered sugar and process to blend well.
- Add the almond flour, salt and vanilla and process until smooth.
- Add the whisked egg with the machine running and process for a few seconds, scrape bowl.
- Add the flour and pulse just until the mixture starts to clump together and form a ball. Don't overmix. Gather into a ball and flatten into a 1/2 inch thick disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 4 hours to two days. You can also freeze it for up to a month.
- Roll out dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. Flip dough often and lift the plastic wrap to make sure you don't roll creases into the dough. If it becomes too soft, put it in the fridge, still in plastic, for a few minutes.
- To make the individual tarts, I used a bowl that was the right side for my (greased) Wilton Cookie Bowl Pan as a stencil. You can also use a greased muffin tin or actual designated tart dishes. Just cut your dough to the appropriate size. Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. Use a fork to gently lift your crust out of your mold/muffin tin/etc and transfer to a rack to cool.
- Mix all three ingredients
- Fill your tart shells 2/3 full
- Garnish with fruit. Wasn't that easy?!